I love to garden, but having no actual yard in Boston means that I have to make my own opportunities to play in the dirt. I’ll take any excuse, really. My idea of fun is wandering through local greenhouses, inhaling the sweet scent of healthy plants, and fantasizing about my dream garden — which would be lush, overgrown, wild, and a perfect home for bunnies like the one that ran in front of me yesterday while I was ambling down a narrow gravel path between the rhododendrons and potted Japanese maples.
I don’t have much more room in the apartment for plants, but there’s a nice spot in the kitchen that’s been dying for some color — so I settled on geraniums (the plant with the fronds has been with us for a while, and needed to be re-potted…or else its roots were going to strangle someone in the night).
I love geraniums…they are the friendliest plants, and under the right conditions (hint: a lot of sun, a warm room, and some fertilizer), they can grow to be huge monsters that will live for years and years. I’m going to see how long I can keep these Boston geraniums going — I’m not entirely convinced there will be enough light in the kitchen, but fingers crossed.
I also keep orchids, and truth be told, those are my babies. I’ve had them for well over a year, some close to two, and now the reblooming phase has begun, and wow — it’s happening like crazy. New blooms, new fast-growing stalks, a couple keikis — it’s orchid madness!
Plants add so much life to a home. Are there any in particular you’re fond of?